Archive for April, 2015
At the gathering of The HSUS’s Board of Directors and National Council this past weekend in Philadelphia, it was impossible not to notice perhaps the tallest and most recognizable building on the city skyline from the broad window of our meeting room. This skyscraper is the home of Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service company, . . .
It’s been a busy week in the states for animals. Yesterday, a key California Senate committee approved a ban on bullhooks, as the wake from last month’s Ringling Bros. announcement to retire its traveling elephant acts continues to be felt. Also on elephants, the Oregon Senate on Tuesday approved a ban to severely restrict any trade . . .
Soring and other forms of mistreatment of Tennessee Walking Horses are still rampant, and that’s why it’s so crucial that today a strong, diverse group of Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act. Less than two weeks ago, the Giles County, Tenn. Sheriff’s office raided a farm run by a . . .
Bird flu has infiltrated some of the nation’s poultry flocks, leaving behind illness and death in its wake and an animal health crisis so severe that Minnesota’s governor has declared a state of emergency. Federal and state officials, in an effort to contain its spread, are “depopulating” hens and turkeys by the millions. As is . . .
Today, we officially release our 2014 annual report, in print and electronic form. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of problem areas. Below, I’ve reproduced most of my President’s essay in the report to give you a flavor of our biggest accomplishments for last year. In . . .
Earth Day is a reminder for all of us that we humans, and all animals, depend on a healthy planet to survive. While we have the capacity to damage and destroy the planet and the life that it and the sun sustain, we also have the power to heal wounds and save animals and the . . .
By commanding votes, of 90–2 in the House and 24–1 in the Senate, Tennessee lawmakers last night placed a bill on Governor Bill Haslam’s desk to crack down on the horrid practice of animal fighting, by making it a class A misdemeanor to attend a fight or to bring a child to one. Those lopsided . . .
HSUS undercover investigations have revealed primates in psychological distress at research facilities and roadside zoos, and it’s time to do something comprehensive about the problem. Today, we submitted a legal petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to provide regulatory guidance directing research facilities, exhibitors, and dealers that breed and use primates . . .
If you knew that there were tens of thousands of street dogs roaming a jurisdiction in the United States and a 95 percent euthanasia rate for the dogs and cats entering the shelters in the area, what would you do? Well, that is the reality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is part of . . .
Following prior investigations by The HSUS, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Neiman Marcus in 2013 to stop falsely advertising animal fur as “faux”, or be subject to serious civil penalties. And yet, as recently as Tuesday, Neiman Marcus was still at it. We have now submitted another legal petition to the FTC seeking enforcement . . .